Wrath of the Titans

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bland fantasy sequel has some scary monsters.
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Most of the Greek mythology and conflicts between gods and men from the previous movie have been abandoned in this sequel. Now the main theme is fairly thin: Perseus learns that he gains strength to fight from his son. (In other words, he'd rather protect his son than not.)

Positive Role Models & Representations

Perseus remains brave and good and devoted to his loved ones. He still takes on impossible challenges, but his character doesn't really grow/change, and he doesn't learn much.

Violence

The violence is less intense than in the previous movie and mostly bloodless, though there are some fights, with characters stabbed, bashed in the head, and thrown up against tree trunks. Perseus also battles many computer-generated creatures with swords and other makeshift weapons. Several gods die onscreen, turning gray and crumpling into ashes. Fiery monsters roast innocent victims.

Sex

There's some very minor innuendo and a kiss for the hero at the end.

Language

Very infrequent language includes "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to 2010's Clash of the Titans, which was a remake of a 1981 movie. While Wrath does have a fair bit of mid-level fantasy violence, it's generally less intense than the previous movie -- though there are still many giant monsters that could be scary for younger viewers. Language isn't much of an issue, with one use of "hell" as well as mentions of "gods" and "Hades" as they pertain to Greek mythology. There's also some minor innuendo and a kiss for the hero. It's presented in 3-D, which ups the intensity a little bit, but overall the 3-D isn't put to particularly effective use.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bynubbs January 15, 2017

Review

Not Enough Titan.
Adult Written bydavidrox January 24, 2013

Eh

an action packed sequel lacks in plot line. lots of action that is fun, but intense times, gets old. the good actors such as Liam Nelson suffer from the bad s... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byEmpfire October 17, 2012

pretty good

VOILENCE: Can be quite intense but not graphic nor gory.
SEX: Nothing much
LANGUAGE: Very very brief
Teen, 14 years old Written byMoviefanatic040 February 18, 2020

Much better than Clash of the Titans, but lacks a solid story.

This movie is super entertaining from beginning to end. It has cool creature fights, and decent CGI. But the story is kind of generic. It is still fun and much,... Continue reading

What's the story?

After the events of Clash of the Titans, demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) once again tries to live the life of a simple fisherman with his son, Helius (John Bell). Unfortunately, Zeus (Liam Neeson) arrives to warn Perseus that trouble is coming. Not long after, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), with help from Ares (Edgar Ramirez), cooks up a sinister plan to capture Zeus, drain his power, and resurrect their father, Kronos, who turns out to be a giant, fiery creature. It's up to Perseus, aided by a queen (Rosamund Pike) and a demigod cousin (Toby Kebbell), to find three pieces of a magical weapon, rescue Zeus, and defeat the creature before it's too late.

Is it any good?

Unlike the bombastic previous movie, WRATH OF THE TITANS is rather bland, with much less at stake and fewer conflicts between gods and men. The movie is filled with one digital creature after another -- the action and 3-D effects are fairly lazy -- and by the time we get to the big climax, the thrill is gone.

 
Subsequently, the human characters have perhaps even less personality than the monsters. Their interactions seem to consist mostly of explaining the plot to one another, and there's very little character growth or depth; Perseus' big revelation is that he gains strength from his son (i.e., he would rather protect his son than let him get hurt), which isn't much of a stretch. A kiss at the end of the movie is almost totally gratuitous and feels misplaced. Even the most skilled actors in the cast mainly look like they're struggling to stay awake.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the behavior of gods and humans. Have the gods learned anything since Clash of the Titans? What's the main thing that Perseus learns about being both god and man? Can you connect any of the movie's messages about humankind to real life?

  • Which of the monsters are the scariest? Are the biggest ones scariest, or are the smaller ones more effective? How does the movie's fantasy nature affect the impact of its violent scenes?

  • Perseus learns to gain strength from his own son, much as Zeus learned to gain strength from Perseus. What other lessons are passed on between fathers and sons in this movie?

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